Doctor of Philosophy in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication


The Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication doctoral program is a place of convergence for artists, scholars, engineers and scientists from multiple disciplines willing to explore rigorously and creatively the new territories revealed by the joined activities of arts, sciences and technology. Students in the doctoral program will typically design and develop multidisciplinary research projects addressing questions such as:

  • New modes of interaction with information.
  • Social and professional behaviors and relationships in physical and virtual environments.
  • Challenges and issues of new modes of expression, representation and education.

Program Information

School: School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Program: Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Previous academic degree (BA or BS, MA or MFA) in an appropriate field (i.e., Art, Computer Science).

GPA: 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate and graduate work)

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate's probability of success in graduate school.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Students applying to the doctoral program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication should submit an essay presenting a research project supported by evidence of previous expertise and practice in the field of art digital technologies and emerging communications. This project should fall in the fields of expertise of the school of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication. Applicants are encouraged to verify the relevance of their projects with the ATEC faculty members.

Deadlines: For consideration for the admission in the program in the Fall, completed applications to the doctoral program must be received on or before January 15. University deadlines apply.

Other application requirements:

Applicants to the PhD program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication must also present a portfolio including any publications or other evidence of scholarly or creative endeavor achieved by the applicant and should list academic and professional organizations in which the applicant is active and any fellowships, scholarships, or other honors received.


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Possible Careers

While academia represents an important professional avenue for ATEC PhD graduates, industry presents numerous career opportunities in such fields as design, research and development for new media, education, communication and information technologies.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.